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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Georgia Southern chapter.

We all want to look our best and our healthiest. Skincare is one of the ways we can make ourselves look good, because after all, when we look good we feel good. With hundreds of face cleansers and moisturizers out there it can be hard to find what works for you. If you are someone who deals with acne, oily skin, dry skin, or hyperpigmentation; what works for one person may not work for the next. With so many different things that can cause imperfections on the skin such as diet, makeup, hormones, bacteria or sweating, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly needs to change to make your skin better. But for some, using facial cleansers and multiple products can contribute to acne and more. Checkout the three different skin routines you can try if cleansers just aren’t working for you, but remember these routines may not work either depending on the person. It’s all about trial and error, but also taking care of yourself. 

1. Oil Cleansing

You may find it weird to use oil to cleanse your face, especially if you’re someone with oily skin and you have heard that too much oil clogs pores and leads to breakouts. But it is said that the oil cleansing method works because oil dissolves oil. The skin naturally produces oil and washing with harsh soaps or facial cleaners strip the skin of the oil that heals and protects the skin. Natural oils can be beneficial to use for skin and hair, because of that natural properties compared to multiple ingredients we can’t pronounce that is used in face cleansers. Olive, castor, sunflower, grapeseed, tea tree, and avocado oil are just a few oils that are used for this method and are beneficial to the skin depending on who you are and your skin type. You can also combine oils if you want. You should start with a dry face, rub a decent amount of the oils onto your face with clean fingers, leave it on for five to ten minutes, then take a warm washcloth and remove the oil while slightly exfoliating the skin. 2. The Caveman Method 

The caveman method is where you don’t wash your face at all. I know when you hear that it makes your eyebrows automatically raise. But hear me out. It is said that the skin has something called acid mantle which is made up of sweat and sebum that protects the skin from bacteria. However, when we wash our face, we strip the skin of this acid mantle and by doing so mess with the skin’s PH. So the suggestion is to not wash your face, even with water, for 30 days. It is said that the skin renews itself every 28 days. After the 30 days you can exfoliate your skin and your skin will be renewed. People who have tried this method said they automatically saw results and others said their acne got worse but after some time they saw results. This method is also said to get rid of dark marks and hyperpigmentation. It’s not for everyone but if you’ve tried everything else, it doesn’t hurt to try this routine. 

3. Home remedies

Other ways to wash your face is to use home remedies. Things such as honey, sugar, baking soda, oatmeal, aloe vera and so much more can be used to help the skin. You just have to do your research and see what works best for you. There are masks you can make or scrubs you can make with these natural home products to help your skin, not only for your face, but your body and hair as well.

Khiyah G

Georgia Southern '19

My name is Khiyah Griffin and I am currently a junior at Georgia Southern University majoring in Journalism.
Jordan Wheeler

Georgia Southern '22

Jordan Wheeler is a Junior Pre-Law Philosophy major who attends Georgia Southern. Jordan loves writing, singing, and hanging out with friends.